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The National Centre for Early Music has been successful in its recent bid to Youth Music to become one of 23 Music Inclusion Modules across the country to offer music-making opportunties for young people in challenging circumstances.


The project runs from September 2012 until September 2014 and the NCEM is one of six partners working alongside the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire and York Councils.

More information about plans for the next two years will be available soon.


Music4U is one of 21 Youth Music Action Zones running throughout England and Wales. It was set up in the Humber Region in September 2001 and is co-ordinated by the National Centre for Early Music working in partnership with the East Riding of Yorkshire, Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire Councils, supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire, and instigated and funded by Youth Music.

Since it began more than 26,000 young people up to the age of 18, who would otherwise not have had the chance to do so, have taken part in a wide range of music related activities in their own time, and by doing so have gained in confidence, broadened their musical understanding and had lots of fun along the way.

These young people have had the opportunity to work with community musicians who were trained on Music4U's Community Music For Practitioners Course and represent a wide range of musical styles and cultures, including DJing, songwriting, rock, singing, world percussion, jazz and gamelan.

Music4U has a new programme of activities running until March 2011 in the Humber region focused on four core objectives that are as follows:

Early Years

Developing musical talentand potential/offering progressional signposts

Supporting young people inchallenging circumstancesand those withspecial needs

Workforce developmenthelping to grow the local skills base, establish and promote best practice and develop a network of providers and opportunities

For more information about Music4U email